Casseroles are one of my favorite things to make and to eat. I remember as a kid my mom would always make casseroles and one of my favorites was tuna noodle casserole. Delicious tuna mixed with cream of mushroom, egg noodles, and peas. Oh, and cheese! My Turkey Noodle Casserole is my healthy take on the classic casserole dish. Delicious shredded turkey mixed with homemade cream of mushroom, peas, cheese, and egg noodles. This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each serving is 8 SmartPoints.
Tuna Noodle Casserole is probably one of my favorite casseroles of all time…. Seriously! I’m pretty sure everyone grew up eating this dish and I love to hear other people’s variations of the classic casserole. My mom’s version has a layer of wavy potato chips and a nice coating of cheese on top, which let’s be honest, is the best part of the whole meal! You might have learned by now, that I love turning classic recipes into a healthy and unique version.
Instead of using tuna, for this recipe I use turkey tenderloins. I love cooking with turkey and turkey tenderloins are just like chicken breast. After they roast, you can shred them up just like shredded chicken! Another variation to the classic recipe is the canned cream of mushroom soup. I always prefer to make my own sauces and use as little preservatives as possible. Instead of canned cream of mushroom, my recipe calls for fresh baby bella mushrooms along with evaporated milk.
The recipe starts with turkey tenderloins. You can find these in the turkey section in the meat area of your grocery store. Turkey tenderloins look just like chicken breast. I love cooking with them because they are moist and full of delicious flavor! Just roast the tenderloins in a casserole dish at 325 for 1 hour. You could easily do this step way ahead of time (even during your Sunday meal prep)! Once the turkey has cooled, shred with two forks and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Add diced baby bella mushrooms and sauté for about 8 minutes or so, until the mushrooms have sweat out all their liquid.
This recipe does not call for canned cream of mushroom, so you get to make your own sauce! To make the sauce, just add white whole wheat flour to the mushrooms, then slowly add evaporated milk and vegetable broth, whisking and stirring constantly to break up the clumps.
Add frozen peas and seasonings to the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.
Next add the shredded turkey and sharp cheddar and cook for about 10 minutes to let the cheese melt.
Remove the skillet from heat and pour cooked whole grain egg noodles into the skillet and mix everything together!
The final step is to pour the mixture into a casserole dish and sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs and smoked paprika. Bake for 25 minutes and it’s ready to devour!
Not only is this recipe healthy, it’s so delicious. Once you try turkey instead of tuna… you won’t look back! The turkey cooked perfectly and it’s super tender. If you ask my husband, he’d tell you that he could totally eat the whole casserole in one night because IT’S THAT GOOD y’all! Healthy, full of flavor, and great to feed a crowd. Turkey Noodle Casserole is my healthy take on the classic casserole dish. Delicious shredded turkey mixed with homemade cream of mushroom, peas, cheese, and egg noodles. 7 grams of fat and 8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
Watch this 60 second video to learn how to make Turkey Noodle Casserole: